FRIDAY EARLY AFTERNOON SKILL CLASS 2 (F2SC2): 3.00 PM - 4.30 PM
Healthy Adult Qualities
by David Bernstein & Limor Navot
In this workshop, we introduce a new model of the Healthy Adult, and show how methods from Positive Psychology, which emphasize human potential and positive mental states, can mobilize patients’ existing strengths and create new ones. The aims of the workshop are to learn to: 1) assess positive qualities and choose which ones to focus on mobilizing or creating, 2) “neutralize” maladaptive modes by stimulating corresponding positive qualities, 3) promote reality testing when patients confuse their schema modes and external reality, and 4) use “micro credits” to transform maladaptive modes to healthy ones.
This workshop will emphasize “learning through doing”. We will use individual and group exercises to give participants a vivid, personal experience of the strengths building approach, and how it can be integrated into Schema Therapy.
Participants will work with new strengths-based tools developed by D. Bernstein. The tools are: 1) a brief adjective checklist (BL48) assessing the 16 personal strengths; 2) a set of cards, the “Qualities of the Healthy Adult,” which depicts these strengths with cartoon- like images, similar to the Bernstein iModes; and 3) the “Healthy Adult Boat Card,” which uses the visual metaphor of a sailboat to depict a person’s life voyage from stormy to calm waters. The ultimate goal of the life voyage is to get one’s emotional needs met.
1) To familiarize participants with the concept of strengths finding and how it can be integrated into Schema Therapy.
Workshop Intended For:
Relevant Background Readings on the topic:
Alberts, H.J.E.M. (2018). The Sailboat Metaphor. Retrieved from www.positivepsychology.com.
Bach, B., & Bernstein, D. P. (2019). Schema therapy conceptualization of personality functioning and traits in ICD-11 and DSM-5. Current Opinion in Psychiatry, 32(1), 38–49.
Bernstein, D. (2019). Building Strengths in Schema Therapy. Maastricht, The Netherlands: iModes Publications.
Roediger, E., Stevens, B., & Brockman, R. (2018). Contextual Schema Therapy: An Integrated Approach to Personality Disorders, Emotional Dysregulation, and Interpersonal Functioning. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications.
Seligman, M. E. P. (2011). Flourish: A visionary new understanding of happiness and well-being. New York, NY, US: Free Press. Seligman, M. E. P., & Csikszentmihalyi, M. (2000). Positive psychology: An introduction. American Psychologist, 55(1), 5-14.
Steel, P., Schmidt, J., & Shultz, J. (2008). Refining the relationship between personality and subjective well-being. Psychological Bulletin, 134(1): 138-161.
Strickhouser, J.E.; Zell, E.; and Krizan, Z. (2017). Does personality predict health and well-being? A metasynthesis. Health Psychology, 36(8): 797-810.
About the Presenters:
Dr. David Bernstein is a Clinical Psychologist (PhD, New York University, 1990) and Associate Professor of Psychology at Maastricht University in the Netherlands, where he has served as Professor of Forensic Psychotherapy (endowed chair, 2010-2018), and Chair of the Section on Forensic Psychology(2010-2015). He is a former President of the Association for Research on Personality Disorders (2001-2005) and Vice-President of the International Society for the Study of Personality Disorders (2003-2007). He was also Vice-President of the International Society of Schema Therapy(2010-2012) and is an Advanced Level Schema Therapist and Schema Therapy Supervisor. He is the author or coauthor of more than 120publications on psychotherapy, personality disorders, forensic psychology, childhood trauma, and addictions. He is the coauthor of Schema Therapy: Distinctive Features with Eshkol Rafaeli and Jeffrey Young and the DVD series, Schema Therapy: Working with Modes, with Remco van der Wijngaart.He is also the author of the Childhood Trauma Questionnaire, a reliable and valid self-report questionnaire for child abuse and neglect, used worldwide. He is the creator of the iModes, a cartoon-based system for working with schema modes (www.i-Modes.com), and the founder of SafePath Solutions, a team-based program for adults and youth with personality disorders, aggression, and addiction (www.SafePath-Solutions.com). He was the Principal Investigator on a recently completed randomized clinical trial of Schema Therapy for forensic patients with personality disorders in the Netherlands.
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